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Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

A Religious Outlook: Necessity for Life’s Navigation

There is so much controversy whirling today among religious or non-religious outlooks on life: Questions of God or no God; Fundamentalism or Atheism. Overall, religion is a worldview, a way of shaping and perceiving reality.  In this sense, everyone is religious.  Atheism is a religion as much as Catholicism.  Each structures the way we perceive […]

The Religion of the Future

The religion of the future must be a religion for all humankind. A religion of no distinctions, men or women, black or white or brown, heterosexual or homosexual, young or old, of whatever ethnicity, background, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, the entire gamut of human beings. A religion that support the individual and his […]

Whose Side Are You On, God?

In the Middle East, religious camps are locked in mortal combat. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – all with a common root and ancestry in this trouble-torn region – are slugging it out to the death, breeding each day more violent strains within their ecclesiastical bodies. Each are flag bearers for their tribal God.  Each claims […]

Time of Destruction, Time of Rebuilding

James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. He is a long-time member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the […]

The Continuing Call – “Come Out!”

I wrote before about one of the great, though perhaps not so well known, heroines from our American past – Abby Kelley Foster . She was a great fighter for civil rights and an end to slavery, and for women’s voting rights, during the Civil War period and beyond. What she is most remembered for […]

Civil War – A Spiritual Crossroads

In 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe was living with her husband on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she began writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the book that would become instrumental in galvanizing public opinion around the slavery issue just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, […]

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism” – High Noon for Republicans & Evangelicals

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Letter to the Heartland

I grew up my first eighteen years in a small town in Indiana, and cherish my experience there – so much so that in my early fifties I spent a year at my own expense traveling all around the State, talking to people and producing a one-hour film on Indiana that was subsequently written up […]

Drum Roll – A Call for Patriots

Racism and religious bigotry are two of the viruses that need to be rooted out once and for all from the American psyche. We are confronting both at this crucial juncture in our nation’s history. In his pamphlet, “Common Sense”, one of our great Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, called out to his compatriots for help […]